Colleges work with oil and gas industry to ensure Ohio has qualified work force

With estimates as high as 200,000 for the number of jobs that will be created  by the oil and gas boom in Ohio, many colleges and universities are working with the oil and gas industry to develop certification programs that will qualify Ohioans for these jobs, Columbus Business First reports.

Zane State University recently concluded its first three-week program to certify students  for work on drilling rigs. According to the Ohio University System of Ohio Board of Regents' website, Ohio colleges and universities are working to develop specialized training programs similar to the one at Zane State. These work force development efforts will be essential to preventing companies from having to look for qualified applicants outside Ohio 's borders.

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